Weekend Variety Wireless: In case you missed Saturday

Weekend Variety Wireless 09/12/2018

In case you missed it, here's a look back at the Weekend Variety Wireless with Graeme Hill on Saturday 8th December, 2018.

Mars Rovers the most overachieving of all planetary exploration programmes

Credit: NASA.

Designed to rove the Martian surface for 6 months they have been functional for more than a decade. It now seems likely the last survivor, Opportunity, has finally “died” more than 14 years on.

Graeme speaks with the head of the Mars Rover Missions, Bill Nelson of JPL.

Astronomy with Grant Christie

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Why launch a sculpture into orbit? Ancient cave art depicting constellations, not antelopes?

Cinema with James Croot

Credit: NZ Film Commission.

James Croot looks back on the life and works of iconic Kiwi filmmaker Geoff Murphy who died this week and the Trumpology of Michael Moore’s Farenheit 11/9.

 Words with Max Cryer

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Santa Claus and Coca Cola, point-blank, cotton on and what do cheeks have to do with being “cheeky”?

Get in quick! Ask Max a question here and Graeme will pass it on to Max. 

Pearl Harbour 77 years on

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Eyewitness testimony from a sailor aboard the West Virginia which was attacked and sunk on December 7, 1941.

James Patterson rarely spoke of the event but in 1988 he committed his memories to tape and his grandson, Scott Kelly, offered Graeme this amazing audio.

Bizarre Lyrics

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Graeme & Grant Smithies trawl through songs about yellow things, palaeontology, pot cleaners, map-making and the glorious virtues of copper over other metals.

Listen to the full interviews above.

Weekend Variety Wireless with Graeme Hill, 8pm - midnight Saturdays and Sundays, on RadioLIVE and streaming live to the Rova app on Android and iPhone.